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tr.v. sub·vert·ed, sub·vert·ing, sub·verts
1. To overthrow or destroy (a government or an established order or authority). See Synonyms at overthrow.
2. To undermine, overturn, or render ineffective (a rule or an established notion, such as a stereotype, for example).
3. To cause to serve a purpose other than the original or established one; commandeer or redirect: "a short, virus-like piece of DNA that replicates itself ... by subverting the cell's DNA replication machinery" (Richard Dawkins).
4. To undermine, mislead, or betray: "Willy's batch of unexamined dreams and aspirations confused, misled, and subverted him" (Joseph Badaracco).

[Middle English subverten, from Old French subvertir, from Latin subvertere : sub-, sub- + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

sub·vert′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subverter - a radical supporter of political or social revolutionsubverter - a radical supporter of political or social revolution
counterrevolutionary, counterrevolutionist, counter-revolutionist - a revolutionary whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by an earlier revolution
dynamiter, dynamitist - a person who uses dynamite in a revolutionary cause
Girondin, Girondist - a member of the moderate republican party that was in power during the French Revolution; the Girondists were overthrown by their more radical rivals the Jacobins
freedom fighter, insurgent, insurrectionist, rebel - a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
radical - a person who has radical ideas or opinions
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References in classic literature ?
That your friends will be driven into exile and deprived of citizenship, or will lose their property, is tolerably certain; and you yourself, if you fly to one of the neighbouring cities, as, for example, Thebes or Megara, both of which are well governed, will come to them as an enemy, Socrates, and their government will be against you, and all patriotic citizens will cast an evil eye upon you as a subverter of the laws, and you will confirm in the minds of the judges the justice of their own condemnation of you.
it will yet thank you for o'erthrowing it, ye subverters!
But whether the cultural subverter seeks perverted sex or unrestrained power, the result of "emancipating" children is the same: moral anarchy followed by the rise of the total state.
He has neither joined the Liberation Front nor enrolled at the university to help liberate his people with knowledge and a pen, but has instead become a kind of artist-criminal, subverter of authority, enemy of the state, and perpetual asker of questions.
Perhaps the most immediately remarkable aspect of the resulting cogitations is the fact that, while the avatars of alternative have always been eager to identify their movement as a subverter of the moral order of the impossibly straitlaced Doles, Helmses and Quayles of the world (see, for example, the strident pseudoacademic liberation talk that permeates Spin's recent "Year in Music"), no one has yet thought to attribute alternative's demise to the sinister machinations of Philip Morris or the best-selling hallucinations of Robert Bork.
Ela usa as expressoes "desnaturalizar genero" a fim de descrever a proliferacao de performances "drag" como forma de subverter normas hegemonicas.
No entanto, num segundo momento, ira subverter a narrativa dando protagonismo a representacao da mulher, como sujeito e nao apenas objeto do espectador.
Para Good (7), a experiencia da dor e de outras condicoes cronicas ameaca sistematicamente subverter, descontruir ou reconstruir o mundo vital em busca de significado.
Essas proteses, assim como a performatividade, podem ser apropriadas de forma que os processos de subjetivacao tanto podem reproduzir e fortalecer as normas de genero, como podem subverter e questionar essas mesmas normas.
Filosofos como Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze e Felix Guattari convidam, a partir de contextos proprios, a derivar das normas, subverter convencoes e com isso subverter tambem os mapas, quando estes sao entendidos e utilizados apenas como decalques da realidade (OLIVEIRA Jr., 2012).